Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Without Guns, We Are Subjects

A friend of mine pointed out a few pertinent facts from human history.

  • In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
  • China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
  • Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
See the trend? You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating these facts. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property. Gun control laws adversely impact only the law-abiding citizens. Take note my fellow Americans, before it’s too late! The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, get in their face and remind them of this history lesson. With guns, we are ‘citizens’. Without them, we are ‘subjects’.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Confront Liberty Today Before It's Too Late

Many of us rallied our friends and wrote a lot of letters to Congress about Hussein Obamacare, but the ruling class shoved that up our rears despite clear and significant opposition by the voting public. Gun control has nowhere near that much opposition. Not good news. I don't see any evidence that our representatives give a damn what we think, but they clearly care what the media thinks. More bad news.

I write an average of two letters a week to my Congressmen. A few weeks later I get a form letter that first states how much they care about my issue, and then explains and rationalizes their opinion I wrote to oppose. Never once have I seen a vote changed in favor of the view I support. The media speaks of voter disenfranchisement in terms of minorities and the poor, but I too am completely disenfranchised. I have lived in Ohio for most of my life and as you all know, the balance between left and right is very close here. Maybe it's time to move to Oklahoma?

This is the exact situation the Founders foresaw when writing and ratifying the Second Amendment. It's not about hunting or self-defense, it's about preserving liberty and freedom from tyranny. Our liberty is swirling around the bowl as I type and it's final destination is down the sewer. I'm sure you all know Patrick Henry's immortal words. Give me liberty too. Seems to me like the time is approaching rapidly.

If there is still hope of avoiding another uncivilized civil war, now is the time to impress upon everyone around you, right and left alike, that restricting our Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is completely unacceptable. The arguments of the ruling class and gun control types are weak and easily defeated. Gun control gets momentum because it is so rarely opposed in their circles. Get in their face now though and there is hope.

Adding laws impacts only law abiding citizens. Criminals will continue to have and use guns to commit crimes. That very scenario plays out in virtually every example from Chicago to DC to the UK. Arm yourself with statistics and get in the argument with a liberal near you now. The next step is uncivilized.

Nobody is in favor of crime and dead kids bring everyone to their knees, but taking guns from law abiding citizens is not the answer. Why should the feds take my Mini 14 because a man in Connecticut kills 20 kids? By the same token, should all dump trucks be taken by the feds because one ran a stop sign, hit a school bus and killed 20 kids? Or should the feds take all the alcohol because one drunk driver drove through a crowd on the sidewalk and killed 20 kids? We all feel terrible for the families in Newtown, but taking away my Mini 14 or my AR-15 or anything I own is not the answer. Stand strong now.

I often hear that we need to lock up crazies like the man in Newtown. The media portrays him as a kid, but he was a 20 year old man, not a kid. Don't fall for that. And does anyone really believe progressives will lock up "crazies"? These are the same progressives that made insanity a right and emptied mental institutions across the country. The criminal in Newtown had Asberger's Syndrome and was not a rambling lunatic. There is no chance progressives would lock up every (or any!) person with Asberger's, autism, borderline, bi-polar, depression and a host of other common disorders. That is not the objective of the gun control type. It's not about guns, it's about control.

Fight now in the realm of words and ideas before the still free among us must take up arms.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Tea Party is Out of Money?

The Tea Party is out of money? Hearing that on the radio started me thinking. Why does the Tea Party need money? Aren't values and ideas universal commodities that propagate naturally among like-minded folks? Perhaps, but like most things, communication isn't free when it has to occur in the political scope.

The mainstream media freely propagates values and ideas that fit their agenda, as in gleefully FOR FREE. As in send crews and trucks and cameras to remote corners of the earth to publicize obscure events the fit their commentary. Other values and ideas that do not fit their agenda are buried or ignored altogether. Queue the crickets.

That CNN, NBC, SeeBS and the other networks never promote conservative ideas is not surprising. It's not just that the mainstream media are Hussein Obama's cheerleaders, it's that the Tea Party spent whatever donations they received and got virtually no further than the House in 2010.

Here's the scary thing. Our marketing-driven society takes big money. That kind of big money doesn't come from working stiffs like me or any other conservative I know. It comes from GE, UBS, Nationwide, Google and countless other corporate giants that are in bed with the very politicians the mainstream media protects and promotes.

Compounding the problem is the notion that politicians on both sides of the aisle are perpetuating the same big government machine. Insider trading is rampant. Virtually all federal politicians are career lifers. They line each others pockets. It's not right versus left or conservative versus liberal or Republican versus Democrat. The real battle, the hidden battle, is between us taxpayers and the Ruling Class. Don't let them keep pulling to wool over our eyes, folks. It's time to wake up and get active.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

An Open Letter to Muirfield Village

As a young adult I dreamed of living in Muirfield. Jack did a truly masterful job of designing a community and the design elements and layout of streets and homes combine with the natural landscape of central Ohio for a spectacular look. As a somewhat older adult I am proud to be a resident of Muirfield Village and believe to my core that it is a great place to raise my daughter and nurture our family. So it came as quite a shock to see all those beautiful trees being cut down.

It started with the largest tree in all of Muirfield Village, the giant 250 year old oak tree at the corner of Springburn Dr. and Drake Rd. Workers from the City of Dublin cut it down on November 26, 2012. I know because instead of that beautiful, majestic old tree at the end of my driveway, I now see the ugly side of my neighbor's garage. Jack is in town this week. I wonder what he would think of that?

Next came virtually every tree in the Glick Rd. Pool parking lot. It used to be an inviting lot with ample shady parking. I know because I play tennis at the Glick Rd. courts two or three times a week. Now I park in the blazing hot Ohio sun.

The City of Dublin has very specific policies governing the removal of trees. The policy states that new trees shall be planted to replace at least the surface area of the tree trunks removed. So far not a single tree has been planted to replace the ones removed from the Glick Rd. Pool parking lot. Only two spindly trees were planted to replace the 250 year old oak at the end of my driveway.

Will somebody from the Muirfield Association please call me to explain my neighborhood's strategy for tree management? At the moment I do not think you are spending my annual Association dues very wisely. Thank you. Vince

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

An Open Letter to Airlines and the Pilots Union

This morning i was struck by the disappearance of yet another check in counter at Port Columbus. The row of empty counter space was, up until recently, bustling with flyers and airline employees. I a frequent business traveler and a proud member of Southwest's A List. My home town airport, CMH, is slowly fading away and while my life will be impacted by its passing, the airline industry and pilots, flight attendants, baggage handlers and other airport workers will be far more directly impacted.

While the number of airport employees and the travelers who supply their payroll continues to decline, the number of federal government TSA agents rises steadily. Not only do they swarm around their porno scanners, X-ray machines and groping rooms, they are lined up at my gate ready to sort through the personal effects of the 60 or so customers waiting to board this flight. Can't wait for my turn.

An associate of mine now chooses to drive up to nine hours to avoid flying. His logic is that the hassle is not worth the time savings, and that hassle has already erased most of the time savings. I still fly on trips longer than three hours, but the crowd of grown men and women putting their clothes back on at the dressing stations after the scanners is almost enough to make me give up flying altogether.

That is especially sad for the airline industry and all who serve it. I am but one voter and taxpayer. It has become increasingly obvious to me that blog entries and e-mails to my family and friends will do nothing to stem the tide of growth and control by our federal overlords. But you in the airline industry and pilot unions have. Far larger voice. Please spend more of my airfare speaking out against this tyranny. I fear your voices are the only ones left that can save a once great industry. The only winner here is the TSA. Think about it.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

My letter to the Mike Church Show

May Day, 2012
Hi Mike. Great show today, albeit rather astringent and sobering. It is all too clear to me that the big Rs are the problem too. Not as bad as the left, but plenty bad enough. That's especially bad news in light of the TEA Party trampling our liberties with their collusion on the passing of CISPA. I too see the same degradation in the politics industry that led up to the Civil War. This time around it doesn't look to be shaping up as North versus South, but instead neighbor versus neighbor. There is no clean Mason-Dixon Line, but instead mere fences in neighborhoods dividing diverse ideologies. It's a damn scary prospect.

Where the antagonists of the mid-1800s had slavery to distract the population from the issue of states' rights and personal liberty, what do we have today? Will the cry of the left be "Get back to work and support us!"? In time the southern states did abandon slavery, but the republicans and liberty-minded of today are unlikely to close this chapter in American history with the classic Orwellian concession "I love you Big Brother." It is hard to imagine a good ending.

As a kid I watched Happy Days and enjoyed the commentary of my parent's generation. I used to reflect on our Greatest Generation and how good those good old days must have been, but now I see that while they fought the obvious enemies on distant shores, they let the one here at home creep into society and start the small tear the would lead to the unraveling we see today.

Hopefully this chapter of American history does not end with "I love you Big Brother," but if it does men will in time realize that the oppression of socialism isn't the right path. Some of those liberty-minded men will get out before the collapse. I turn 49 next month and may not live to see free men and women land on the shore of the next America, but my daughter Reagan might.

Sobering, but a great show. Thank you.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Evil Makes A Better Foe

eBay exposes a funny side of society. I'm on my third attempt to sell a Babolat Aero Storm I bought a few years ago. The first two auctions ended with buyers getting a fair deal, but defaulting and never sending me payment. This has been going on for months. I wonder about the thoughts that go through a person's head as they bid sixty bucks on a used tennis racquet. Do they impulsively bid without knowing what they are bidding on? For the sake of mankind's destiny, I hope that's the case. I hope the latest buyer thought he was getting a real deal on the newer Aero Storm model and only discovered that this is the 2009 model after he won the auction and just saying screw you, I'm not paying for that. I'd rather fight willing deceit than plain ignorance; evil makes a better foe.